The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

February 22, 2017

Join us for the importance of patent and trademark searching, how to conduct an effective search, tools available to assist in your search and the ethical implications when planning your search. Presentation Featuring: Daniel P. Aleksynas, Attorney and Shareholder, Dobrusin Daniel H. Bliss,...

March 1, 2017

Join us at the USPTO Texas Regional Office where we will be hosting an interactive Q&A session with the Trademark Experts. If you have questions about your current trademark application or if you are looking to get one or you are just interested, please join us. During this virtual meeting with...

March 2, 2017

Topic: Networking Opportunities with Intellectual Property Experts The United States Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) is proud to present the Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium on March 2, 2017. The symposium will be held at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and will focus on women inventors,...

March 2, 2017

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? The Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan hosts an introduction to intellectual property concepts followed by a tour of Midwest Regional Office resources every first Thursday of each month. This session is for aspiring...

March 3, 2017

The Silicon Valley USPTO serving the West Coast region will host an informational public tour from noon to 1:00 PM Pacific Time. Participants will tour the office and learn about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the services and resources it provides to the public, famous inventors from the...

March 4, 2017

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a day of activities and information surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Classroom to Career Join industry insiders and local student groups as they take lessons learned in school and use them to...

March 4, 2017

This will be the third session of our Intellectual Property Series for Beginners. It is intended to provide the attendee with an understanding of what happens after their application is filed and what to expect throughout the prosecution process. A discussion of this process and the role of the...

March 7, 2017

Topic: Best Practices for Proving a Document is a Printed Publication in an Appeal or AIA Trial The PTAB is pleased to announce its inaugural “Boardside Chat” lunchtime webinar series to be held bi-monthly throughout 2017. The purpose of the Chats is to update you on current Board activities and...

March 14, 2017

The Silicon Valley USPTO will host the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) program from March 14 - March 16, 2017. The STEPP program is administered by the Office of Patent Training (OPT) under the third pillar (Pillar 3, Excellence in Customer Service), of the...

March 14, 2017

Join us at the Silicon Valley USPTO office in San Jose to view the Patent Quality Chat webinar simulcast from USPTO headquarters. The webinar is "Guest Chat: Trademarks and Quality" presented by Kevin Peska, Managing Attorney, Office of Trademark Quality Review and Training. Join the chat to...

News & Updates

January 9, 2017 USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory…

December 12, 2016 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…